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09/11/2004 01:59:03 PM · #1
Following the advice and inspiration provided by magnetic9999, jesuispeure, KevinRiggs, nusbaum, KarenB, grigrigirl, et al, I did my first model shoot today.

The model is Lucciola, who I hooked up with through onemodelplace.com. Here are some of my better shots:

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The pics were shot with a Canon 50/1.8 and 70-200/2.8L (mostly the 50) with natural lighting. Used f/2.8-4 mostly in Av mode and fairly heavy negative Ev compensation (-1 Ev and below at times).

Any thoughts greatly appreciated. :-)

PS. The battery grip was a god send..

Message edited by author 2004-09-11 14:00:46.
09/11/2004 02:06:11 PM · #2
Hey Paul. Congrats. I'm editing some shots from an early morning shoot myself. I'll take a look back through for more detailed comments but this looks like a good start. Did you enjoy the process? I noticed that you posted few with the model looking towards the viewer. Was this intentional or just an artifact of the shots you selected? Either way, Congrats! I'm looking forward to looking through them more deeply later.

09/11/2004 02:24:09 PM · #3
Congrats on your first model shoot Paul. Were you nervous? I know I was shaking like hell my first shoot. :)

I really like the background with the models choice of outfits.

I will just comment on a few things that I see, as I know Kevin will break everything down in detail (don't know how that guy can type so much..hehe..).

Did you happen to use a fill flash? I think it would help in filling in some of the shadows on the face and add some nice catch-lights in the eyes.

I also noticed the model is squinting in some of the shots. If the model is going to have to face the sun for lighting, I highly recommend getting a diffuser. I got like a 32" 5in1 diffuser/reflector on Ebay really cheap. Trust me, if you can keep the harsh light out of the model's eye, you'll both be happy.

On cropping, one thing to watch out for is the ankle crop. Try not to crop below the knee. I try to use the following areas when cropping models: full length, mid thigh, under the bust line, and around the shoulder for headshots.

I really like the shots of her standing on the hilltop or ledge. A suggestion would be to take a small step ladder (3 step) to stand on. This would let you get slightly above the model, be able to get her completely in the frame and get a good view of the valley area below.

Overall, very good work on your first shoot. Look forward to see more of your model photos.
09/11/2004 06:22:00 PM · #4

Yeah the shoot was good thanks. Quite different to my usual line of photography. I didn't really notice the model wasn't looking into the camera. I'd say a lot the overall shots she was. I just picked out my preferences.


I was a bit nervous, yeah. Not too bad though - I surprised myself a bit. :-)

I didn't use fill flash because the few test shots I did seemed to screw up the white balance a little. I'll have to give it another go paying more attention to shutter, etc, to and and make it look natural I think. I just left it off for most of the time for this shoot to keep things simple.

I'll bear in mind the cropping tips. A lot of the shots I took in the same pose at various focal lengths, so I've probably got quite a lot of cropping I can play with.

Thanks for your advice guys. :-)
09/11/2004 06:26:10 PM · #5
Nice photo set there Paul. I love the way the light works on that red velvet (or whatever it is).

Excellent work, especially for a first model shoot!
09/14/2004 01:44:17 PM · #6
Nice work Paul! My absolute favorite is the first of the red velvet, the contrast between her and the background is wonderful. I agree about the hilltop shots also- the wind and the goth vs. quaint countryside is very nice, but the crop is a little wonky. Try never to crop at joints (ie, the knees) cause it gives the model a hacked up look. Also, with such a sharp-featured model, the 3/4 view instead of full profile seems to work the best.

Keep it up!
09/14/2004 01:48:04 PM · #7
Thanks Amanda. I do have some other shots I'm going through, and a full-length shot at the hill top is one of them. The ones so far as just those that required very little editing, so I didn't pay too much attention to iffy cropping. Thanks again. :-)
09/14/2004 01:55:31 PM · #8
Originally posted by PaulMdx:

Thanks Amanda. I do have some other shots I'm going through, and a full-length shot at the hill top is one of them. The ones so far as just those that required very little editing, so I didn't pay too much attention to iffy cropping. Thanks again. :-)

PS- I find a step stool absolutely invaluable for modeling shots, and I'm pretty tall. Sometimes people just look better when shot from slightly above.

Oh, and GOSH, thanks for all your comments!
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